The Recycled Rides program is run by the National Auto Body Council (NABC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and implementing community-centered initiatives that exemplify the integrity of the collision industry. Recycled Rides aims to donate refurbished vehicles to local economically disadvantaged families with the help of insurance companies, car rental companies, collision centers, parts vendors and others in the industry. Since its creation in 2007, the program has helped to get nearly 1,000 vehicles to families in need.
Branning Collision Centers volunteered to repair a Chrysler Town and Country for Irene Smith and Tyrone Thomas, members of the recipient Long Branch family. The damaged vehicle was donated by Branning’s local sponsor, Geico Insurance. Past program sponsors have included AllState, Enterprise, Progressive and Hertz among others.
“Thanks to the help of local vendors who volunteered to donate both monetary donations and parts, we are in the process of restoring the car. We are so happy that we are able to help this family, and others, in any way we can as part of the collision industry,” said Kim Branning, from Branning Collision Centers. “This is the second vehicle Branning has restored and donated in 2015 and we look forward to continuing our work with the community to help people get a fresh start.”
This year, the recipient family in need was chosen by 180 Turning Lives Around, a nonprofit program committed to keeping families together. “Though there are certainly many deserving families in the community, we felt that Irene and Tyrone’s family would benefit greatly from reliable transportation” stated Caitlin Tamayo, the Program Coordinator at 180 Turning Lives Around.
“Without a car, we have trouble getting to work and can’t even get our kids to school activities,” said Irene Smith. “Branning and the sponsors’ generosity will allow our family to regain financial independence and, for that, we will be forever grateful.”
For additional information about Branning Collision Centers and their community initiatives, visit http://branningcollisioncenters.com/community/.